Zoo Academy

  • Who should attend the Zoo Academy?  Zoo academy students feeds the fishes inside the Wild Kingdom Pavilion at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.
    Are you looking for a future career where you can work with animals?  Do you want to learn about the environment? Do you enjoy life science and research? Then this academy is for you!

    What is the Zoo Academy?
    The Zoo Academy is a half day program offered at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Three PLCS certified teachers (math, science, and language arts ) are located at the Zoo. Students attending the Zoo Academy will earn credits towards graduation. Students will go back to their high school to obtain some electives, AP credit or participate in extracurricular activities. This academy is designed to meet the individual needs of students.

    What is a typical day?
    Through this academy, students are able to explore all aspects of the Zoo. With the entire Zoo serving as the classroom, students learn their core curriculum through zoo related themes. They will also work side-by-side with Zoo professionals in a rotation of internships. Students will experience first-hand careers like zoology, genetics, ecology, vet science, horticulture, animal behavior, marine biology, zoo management, business, marketing and more. 

    Logistics
    Location: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
    Schedule: Available in the morning or afternoon
    Transportation: Transportation may be provided to and from the students home high school.
    Prerequisites: On track for graduation and successful completion of biology and physical science classes.
    Credit Options: High school credit
    Cost:$50 uniform fee, MCC tuition (if applicable)
    Grades: Juniors & Seniors only

    How to Apply
    To apply for a PLCS academy program, students must complete an online application.  Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available starting in the afternoon on November 7 and will close at midnight on November 14.

    How can you learn more?
    For more information please contact:
    Guidance counselor at your high school
    Contact the Academy Programs Office at 402-537-6217

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